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Philanthropy

Impact on Day-to-Day Lives

The Iacocca Family Foundation donated $3 million to Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian with the goal of helping expand and enhance a program for Type 1 diabetes at the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center.

In appreciation of the gift, which was announced on July 26, Hoag is naming the program the Mary & Lee Iacocca Program in Type 1 Diabetes.

“This gift facilitates research and educational programs to expand our knowledge of diabetes prevention and management,” said Flynn Andrizzi, Ph.D., president, Hoag Hospital Foundation. “(It) will help provide truly comprehensive, connected and customized care for the lives of people living with diabetes and their families.”

Lee Iacocca, former chairman and CEO of the Chrysler Corporation, is the person considered responsible for the company’s turnaround in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He established the Iacocca Family Foundation in 1984 in honor of his late wife, Mary K. Iacocca, who died from complications of Type 1 diabetes. The organization’s mission is to fund innovative and promising diabetes research that will lead to a cure for the disease and alleviate its complications

“Until we find a cure, it feels right to help people with diabetes through a program that has an immediate impact on their day-to-day lives,” said Kate Iacocca Hentz, president, Iacocca Family Foundation.

Fore for Fundraising

R.D. Olson Construction hosted its 11th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on June 21, raising more than $80,000. All proceeds from the event benefit Olive Crest and its mission to prevent child abuse, treat and educate at-risk children, and preserve the family.

The tournament was held at Tijeras Creek Golf Club in Rancho Santa Margarita. The morning started with a continental breakfast and putting contest followed by an 8 a.m. shotgun start. After the helicopter ball drop, in which the winner received a $2,500 prize, guests were enjoyed a catered lunch and cocktail reception.

“Our annual Charity Golf Tournament brings the commercial real estate industry together for a fun-filled day of golfing and networking while also raising funds for a local charity,” said Bill Wilhelm, R.D. Olson Construction’s president. “This year, we’re honored to support Olive Crest in their pursuit to end the cycle of child abuse by putting children in the care of strong families and a supportive community.”

Dignity for the Elderly

Southern California Hospice Foundation (SCHF) raised more than $260,000 during the 24-hour Preserving Dignity campaign that took place online over 24 hours on July 14, surpassing their stated goal of $200,000.

The Preserving Dignity collaborative event raised nearly $390,000, which benefited seven Orange County-based nonprofits, including SCHF. Each participating organization set its own fundraising goal.

In addition to SCHF, the organizations that took part included Alzheimer’s Orange County, Council on Aging–Southern California, Human Options Inc., Meals on Wheels Orange County, SoulRapha and St. Francis Home.

The funds raised by SCHF will support its Heavenly Home Project, a soon-to-be residential care facility for the elderly, welcoming terminally patients on a sliding scale, providing housing and caregiving for those at the end-of-life.

In all, 63 donors contributed to SCHF’s campaign and an anonymous donor who pledged to match every dollar raised up to $150,000.

To date, the foundation has raised $1.4 million to have the endowment in place before Heavenly Home opens its doors. It will be Orange County’s first residential end-of-life care home.

Music to Our Hopes

The 22nd annual Eric Marienthal and Friends Concert benefiting High Hopes Head Injury Program was held on July 11 at the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach, drawing approximately 600 guests. The event raised more than $100,000 for the organization, which is dedicated to helping individuals recover from traumatic brain injuries.

Eric Marienthal, Grammy Award-nominated Los Angeles-based contemporary saxophonist best known for his work in the jazz, jazz fusion, smooth jazz, and pop genres, took the stage and opened the show with “Street Dance” from his 1994 album, then into “Two in One,” “Lee Ann,” as well his hits “Compared to What,” and paying tribute to the late Chuck Lobe “Cotton Club.” Marienthal’s special guest was trumpeter Rick Braun who entertained the crowd with “Cadillac Slim,” “Hollywood and Vine” and sang a Wilson Pickett song, “634-5789.”

Alert the Globe, an online streaming service, provided online streaming of the event. Sponsors for the evening included Lincoln Group of Companies Real Estate, Xerox, H & H Lee Charitable Foundation, Lincoln Consulting, 94.7TheWave, Hyatt Regency, Stirling Properties and 88.1FM KJazz. The Tulsa Rib Company served the VIP guests dinner. Guests also enjoyed themselves with a hosted bar and live jazz entertainment.

Highlights of the live auction included jewelry, a seven-day jazz cruise for two on the Celebrity Summit to Costa Maya/Cozumel in January 2022, sports memorabilia, Broadway Shows and a fully restored 1929 Vintage Radio.

High Hopes honored Lee Ann Marienthal, wife of Eric Marienthal, with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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